Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Junius Announce Dates w/ Battlefields and Starkweather, New Video and More!
A stunning balance of brutality and beauty. Their latest album, The Martyrdrom of a Catastrophist, is a concept record about catastrophe theorist Immanuel Velikovsky, exploring his insistence on a chaotic universe. Its songs are spellbinding and heartbreaking, gripping from the first note to the last. A hard rock dream come true. - Rolling Stone
Junius is a best-of-all-worlds proposition. On one hand, the band harks back to the chilly romanticism of '80s darkwave, particularly The Cure's Disintegration. On the other hand, the band mines the innovations of '00s post-rock, like Mono's shoegazer tornadoes and Isis' throbbing pulse and gleaming tones. - eMusic
Junius are a very big band... I'm talking about their sound. It's simply gargantuan. On The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist, they push the sonic envelope so that every note rings as long and as dramatic as possible. - Fuel TV
Junius' The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist is a brilliant example of dynamic rock fused with swelling, spacey soundscapes, all anchored by an intelligent lyrical foundation. 9/10 - Lambgoat
Junius, a group that struggles to even put their own sound into words, is not your ordinary band. - Spinner.com
Junius constructs songs on girders of complexity. Shifts from intricate delicacy to seismic heaviness complement its cerebral component. Shades of Isis and Porcupine Tree color the songs, but Junius blazes its own path. - Invisible Oranges
Martyrdom is a brooding opus of frenetic crescendos, sweeping vocals and celestial landscapes. MAGNET is proud to premiere "Letters From Saint Angelica," which you can download below. - Magnet
The tireless and ever-touring bearded men of Junius have just released their new record, The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist, on The Mylene Sheath to monstrous critical acclaim. Features and unbelievable reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone to Revolver, eMusic to AOL and beyond, have all been praising "Martyrdom" as one of the most beautifully dark and powerful releases in some time.
Now, on the heels of the band's immeasurable success comes news of US tour dates with Battlefields, as well as stops in New York and Philadelphia with cult-metal heroes Starkweather! In celebration of the amazing feedback to the new album and the band's upcoming tour dates, Junius have also just announced the 2xLP version of the band's 2007 self-titled LP, which combined 2004's Forcing Out The Silence and 2006's Blood Is Bright EPs. Available exclusively from the band and their label, The Mylene Sheath, in May, the record will include three different colors of vinyl and will come housed in deluxe, 24pt stock heavyweight gatefold jackets printed at Stoughton Printing.
Finally, the band has also recently premiered the video for their song, "Elisheva, I Love You," which appears on the band's new album, "The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist" out now on The Mylene Sheath. You can watch (stream) the album below or download it here.
Watch the video for "Elisheva, I Love You" here!
* Junius produced The Martyrdom... at the legendary A&M Records studios in Hollywood (now known as Henson Recording) over the course of a year, somewhat guerilla-style, during off-hours when the studio wasn't booked (the band has joked that they were bumped out by everyone from Akon to Bruce Springsteen - literally). The album was recorded by Kevin Mills and Tom Syrowski (Weezer, AFI, Incubus) and mastered by Dave Collins (Danny Elfman, Black Sabbath, The Police). 2009 finds the members of Junius as tenacious as ever, continually touring Europe and North America (recently sharing stages with the likes of Pelican, Mare, Tombs, Wolves In The Throne Room, and Irepress, among others), headlining festivals, lending music to a series of short films by director Mary Lambert (Pet Semetary), and, of course, finally seeing the release of their new album. Click here to purchase Martyrdom in various vinyl versions and CD format.
Side A/B - Forcing Out The Silence (2004):
1 [Élan Vital] 1:12
2 Hiding Knives 5:27 * download here!
3 From The Isle Of The Blessed 5:15
4 [Élan Fatale] 2:13
5 Forcing Out The Silence 7:34
Side C/D - Blood Is Bright (2006):
1 [The Annunciation] 0:36
2 Blood Is Bright 4:51
3 A Word Could Kill Her 4:06
4 In The Heart Of Titans 6:06
5 At The Age Of Decay 5:20
* Stream the full album @ GimmeSound.com!
Tracklist for The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist
1. Birth Rites By Torchlight
2. The Antediluvian Fire
3. (turning to the spirits of the hours...)
4. The Dramatist Plays Catastrophist
5. Ten Year Librarian
6. Stargazers And Gravediggers
7. (...he fell before her)
8. Elishiva, I Love You
9. Letters From Saint Angelica * download exclusively @ MagnetMagazine.com!
10. The Mourning Eulogy
Thu. Mar 11 - Baltimore, MD @ The Sidebar Tavern w/ Pianos Become The Teeth, Isthmus, Octaves
Fri. Mar 12 - Newport, KY @ The Southgate House w/ Mouth of The Architect, Beneath Oblivion
Sat. Mar 13 - Lansing, MI @ Mac's Bar
Sun. Mar 14 - Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle w/ Battlefields, Why Intercept
Mon. Mar 15 - Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews w/ Battlefields
Tue. Mar 16 - Columbia, MO @ Mojo's w/ Battlefields
Wed. Mar 17 - Little Rock, AR @ Downtown Music w/ Battlefields
Thu. Mar 18 - Wichita, KS @ Rock Island Live w/ Battlefields
Fri. Mar 19 - Austin, TX @ Plush (SXSW)
Sat. Mar 20 - Austin, TX @ Valhalla (SXSW): w/ Caspian, Gifts From Enola
Sun. Mar 21 - Austin, TX @ Red 7 (SXSW) w/ Murder By Death, Constants, Irepress, more
Mon. Mar 22 - Houston, TX @ Super Happy Fun Land w/ Battlefields
Tue. Mar 23 - Shreveport, LA @ Bear's w/ Battlefields, Porcelain Arms
Wed. Mar 24 - Nashville, TN @ The Muse w/ Battlefields, US Christmas, Black Cobra
Thu. Mar 25 - Johnson City, TN @ The Hideaway
Fri. Mar 26 - Philadelphia, PA @ The OX w/ Rosetta and Starkweather
Sat. Mar 27 - Albany, NY @ Bogie's w/ Rosetta and Starkweather
Sun. Mar 28 - Brooklyn, NY @ Public Assembly w/ Rosetta and Starkweather
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